Lately I’ve been talking with people about how every family has stories but the documents that describe them may be scattered and even lost. Anyone who has diaries and letters can pull them together and stitch a tapestry that others can enjoy viewing. I’ve started with my mother’s 1923 diary. Gradually I will introduce the family to the world.
Next will be a story about my grandmother Gertrude Hassler’s two years at Cumberland Valley State Normal School (now Shippensburg University) from 1898 to her graduation in 1900. For input I have letters she wrote home, letters her family wrote to her, and letters from her friends. Often the letters sent home were addressed to “Dear Ones Home,” which may become the title of the next DEAR book!
Here’s her graduation picture: